Overview


Using the tools of advanced mathematics to understand the diversity and complexity of the chemical world is what really drives students on our Chemistry and Mathematics degrees.

On this programme you’ll study alongside single honours chemists and mathematicians who are learning the same concepts and reaching the same depth of knowledge as you. As you move through the programme you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in a range of topics in both areas of your course and vary the split between the two components to study the topics that interest you the most.

You’ll develop your mathematical skills in major branches such as linear algebra and calculus. A wide range of optional modules allows you to explore topics from dynamical systems to probability to coding theory. You’ll combine your mathematics knowledge with the study of chemistry to understand how and why molecules react and the methods of studying them. You can specialise in organic, inorganic or physical chemistry.

Enhancing your degree

We offer two degree options, the MChem, BSc, a 4 year integrated Masters degree programme, and the BSc programme, which is a three year course.

There are opportunities to gain industrial experience on a placement year or to study abroad for a year.

Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.

The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of chemistry and mathematics at one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and improving their foreign language skills.

There is also the opportunity to transfer to the MNatSc, BSc Natural Sciences Integrated Masters course, provided certain academic standards are achieved.

Related courses

Chemistry BSc
Medicinal Chemistry BSc
Chemistry MChem, BSc
Chemistry and Mathematics MChem, BSc
Medicinal Chemistry MChem, BSc



Course content: Chemistry and Mathematics BSc

During the first and second years of the course you'll cover the essential aspects of both disciplines. Compulsory modules will cover the core of modern mathematics, linear algebra and calculus, alongside the fundamentals of chemistry. For the remainder of your programme, you're able to choose either additional mathematics or chemistry options or even take a third elective subject available from a wide range.

As a core part of your chemistry modules you’ll have extensive practical sessions in the laboratory, allowing you to perform experiments that reinforce the material taught to you in the lectures. In addition, small tutorial groups are used to support the teaching so you get regular feedback from the academic staff helping you solve any problems that you might have with a particular topic.

Once you reach the third and final year of your course you can select precisely which modules you wish to study and tailor your programme so it really matches your interests in chemistry and mathematics. At this point you also have the option of focusing more strongly on one of the two areas and carrying out a major research project in place of laboratory-based practical classes.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

COMPULSORY MODULES

Introduction to Modern Chemistry 20 credits
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry 10 credits
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 10 credits
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 10 credits
Calculus and Mathematical Analysis 10 credits
Numbers and Vectors 10 credits
Introductory Linear Algebra 10 credits
Modelling with Differential Equations 10 credits
Probability and Statistics I 10 credits
Probability and Statistics II 10 credits
Studying in a Digital Age (Chemistry) 5 credits
OPTIONAL MODULES

Practical Skills in Chemistry for Joint Honours 1 10 credits
Practical Skills in Chemistry for Joint Honours 2 10 credits

Year 2

COMPULSORY MODULES

Structure and Spectroscopy 10 credits
Foundations of Physical Chemistry 20 credits
Laboratory Work 2b 10 credits
Further Linear Algebra 10 credits
Vector Calculus 15 credits
Linear Differential Equations and Transforms 15 credits
OPTIONAL MODULES

You will also study 10 credits of Chemistry option modules and 10 credits of Mathematics option modules from the following list.

Structure and Synthesis of Materials 10 credits
Introduction to Organic Synthesis 10 credits
Introduction to Drug Design 10 credits
Organic Structure and Mechanism 10 credits
Organometallic and f-block Chemistry 10 credits
Equilibrium and Analysis: from Ions to Proteins 10 credits
Mathematical Logic 1 10 credits
Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 10 credits
Discrete Mathematics 10 credits
Discrete Mathematics with Computation 15 credits
Nonlinear Differential Equations 10 credits
Special Relativity 10 credits
Numerical Analysis 10 credits
Fluid Dynamics 1 10 credits
Calculus of Variations 10 credits
Statistical Methods 10 credits
Statistical Modelling 10 credits
Environmental Statistics 10 credits
DISCOVERY MODULES

You may also study up to 20 credits of Discovery modules.

Year 3

OPTIONAL MODULES

You will study a range of option modules. See the programme catalogue for details of module combinations and requirements.

Structure and Synthesis of Materials 10 credits
Introduction to Drug Design 10 credits
Organometallic and f-block Chemistry 10 credits
Advanced Organometallics and Catalysis 10 credits
Chemical Bonding and Reactivity 10 credits
The Medicinal Chemistry of Drug Development 10 credits
Organic Synthesis 10 credits
Atmospheric Chemistry 10 credits
Chromatography and Analytical Separation 10 credits
Chemistry at the Molecular Level 10 credits
Reactivity in Organic Chemistry - Principles and Applications 10 credits
Soft Matter: Self-Assembling and Polymeric Materials 10 credits
Solid State and Materials Chemistry 10 credits
Fundamental Supramolecular Chemistry 10 credits
Lab work with integrated project for Natural Sciences and Joint Honours 25 credits
Extended Literature-based Project Work 15 credits
Chemistry into Schools 20 credits
Laboratory Work 2M 20 credits
Combinatorial Optimisation 10 credits
Graph Algorithms and Complexity Theory 10 credits
Mathematics Education 10 credits
Mathematical Logic 1 10 credits
Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 10 credits
Discrete Mathematics 10 credits
Discrete Mathematics with Computation 15 credits
Nonlinear Differential Equations 10 credits
Special Relativity 10 credits
Numerical Analysis 10 credits
Numerical Analysis with Computation 15 credits
Fluid Dynamics 1 10 credits
Calculus of Variations 10 credits
Statistical Methods 10 credits
Statistical Modelling 10 credits
Environmental Statistics 10 credits
Mathematics into Schools 10 credits
Project in Mathematics 20 credits
History of Mathematics 15 credits
Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics 20 credits
Graph Theory 15 credits
Proof and Computation 15 credits
Differential Geometry 15 credits
Models and Sets 15 credits
Combinatorics 15 credits
Coding Theory 15 credits
Transformation Geometry 15 credits
Mathematical Methods 15 credits
Linear and Non-Linear Waves 15 credits
Quantum Mechanics 15 credits
Dynamical Systems 15 credits
Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations 15 credits
Introduction to Polymeric Fluids 15 credits
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
Numerical Methods 10 credits
Modern Numerical Methods 15 credits
Discrete Systems and Integrability 15 credits
Cosmology 10 credits
Mathematical Biology 15 credits
Fluid Dynamics 2 15 credits
Linear Regression and Robustness 15 credits
Statistical Theory 15 credits
Multivariate Analysis 10 credits
Time Series 10 credits
Bayesian Statistics 10 credits
Generalised Linear Models 10 credits
Introduction to Hidden Markov Models 10 credits
Introduction to Statistics and DNA 10 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Chemistry and Mathematics BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

As a chemistry and mathematics student at Leeds we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods.

These different methods of teaching, together with the continuous support of our teaching staff, enable you to effectively apply what you have learnt through a series of exams, coursework, and continuous assessment. This means that you graduate with the correct mix of knowledge and transferable skills for a successful future career, whatever you choose to do.

Assessment

The types of assessment used for each module aim to measure the learning outcomes we want you to achieve. Although formal end-of-semester examinations are predominant, often accounting for 80% or more of the formal assessment, many modules include a significant coursework element. You are also continuously assessed through practical work.

Entry requirements, fees and applying: Chemistry and Mathematics BSc

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB

including Chemistry and A in Mathematics

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking

GCSE:

English Language grade C

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Normally only accepted in combination with grade A in A Level Mathematics or equivalent.

BTEC

BTEC qualifications in relevant disciplines are considered in combination with other qualifications, including grade A in A-level mathematics, or equivalent

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2 in 3 principal subjects including Chemistry and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and Mathematics

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

H1 H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 including higher level Chemistry and H1 in Mathematics.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Suitable combinations of Scottish Higher and Advanced Highers are acceptable, though Chemistry must be presented at Advanced Higher level. Typically AAABB including Chemistry and A in Mathematics at Advanced Higher.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any one component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

After you apply we will assess your application based on the information on your UCAS form. On the basis of this information we will decide whether to invite you to one of our informal interview days which, for UK based applicants, are an essential part of the admissions process.

Read more about how to apply on our School of Chemistry website.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £21,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Read about our range of additional scholarships available in the School of Chemistry.

Career opportunities: Chemistry and Mathematics BSc

This degree not only prepares you for working directly in science and technology but also gives you a skill set and knowledge base that is prized in a huge range of sectors, ranging from financial services to sustainable development. Graduates of this course have gone on to enjoy successful careers as medicinal and analytical chemists, technical directors/managers, technologists, journalists, patent attorneys and accountants, amongst other roles.

Studying for a joint honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects and demonstrates that you’re intellectually versatile. Your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek. You’ll develop excellent research skills and you’ll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You’ll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you’ll hone excellent organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team.

A joint honours degree also lends itself to progression onto a Masters degree or PhD, specialising in either chemistry or mathematics.

For further information on career paths and employability please see our careers pages.

Careers support

Throughout your degree we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience you’ll need to make the most of your career choices.

Our industrial placement scheme helps you gain valuable work experience that can help you stand out from the crowd. You could also secure a part-time job that you can feature on your CV through the students’ union's Joblink.

Our study abroad scheme allows you to experience another culture and develop life skills, which many employers value. The students’ union also provides volunteering opportunities which can help you in your personal development.

We teach problem-solving and high level thinking at all stages of your degree. Our programmes provide you with opportunities to develop the core subject knowledge and skills that you need to progress to a career in a particular area. Additionally, we offer skills development modules and modules that will give you an insight into industrial new product development, from concept to market, in the chemical and allied industries. These modules lead you through the various stages of setting up a new social enterprise, from the inception and development of the idea itself, through preparation of a business plan to creating a funding proposal for potential investors/grant awarding bodies.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that employers actively seek.

During your year abroad, you will follow the Chemistry and/or Mathematics course at your host institution. Many students find it valuable to undertake an extended practical project during this year which can be presented as part of your assessment for the year. When you return to Leeds you will enter the final year of your degree scheme.

If you wish to study at an institution where the course is taught in a foreign language, such as French, you don’t need to be fluent in the language before you go. We will help prepare you with a specialist language module at Level 2 which introduces you to scientific vocabulary and enhances your conversational and comprehension skills.

Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The industrial placement (“Year in Industry”) scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists and mathematicians who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge.

An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of chemistry or mathematics-related industries in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies.

During your industrial placement you will have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.

If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.